Starting January 1, 2011, oil absorbents and used oil filters are banned from landfills.
2009 Wisconsin Act 86 was signed by Governor Doyle on December 1, 2009, and it took effect January 1, 2011.
Act 86 prohibits the disposal of a used oil filter in a solid waste disposal facility and the disposal of oil-absorbent materials that contain waste oil in a solid waste disposal facility. The prohibition on the disposal of oil-absorbent materials that contain waste oil does not apply to the disposal of less than one gallon of oil-absorbent materials that contain waste oil resulting from a non-routine spill.
Act 86 provides that any person who violates either of these prohibitions may be required to forfeit $50 for a first violation, $200 for a second violation, and no more than $2,000 for a third or subsequent violation.
The DNR has provided guidance on the definition of “gallon” and “non-routine spill.”
The DNR also provided guidance on the use and disposal of oil-absorbing material during and after its useful life, and clarified the meaning of “oil-absorbent material,” a term defined by statute.